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BeatTips MusicStudy: Cymande – “Crawshay”


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I really dig the drumwork on this Cymande classic, in particular, I like how the hi-hat pushes and shuffles along with the kick. I incorporated that “push” concept into the way I create drum frameworks.

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Cymande – “Crawshay”

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  • Cheeks

    What are some of your tips or techniques used when incorporating the “push” feel with your drums? Good post.

  • Cheeks,
    One technique that I always use to create that “push” feel is that I use different hi-hat combinations (sometimes up to three different hi-hats) with alternating pitch and velocity levels. Also, I’m always mindful of keeping my kick patterns as straight forward (basic) as possible.

  • Cheeks

    Thanks Said for the tips.